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"I spoke out to put a face to the issue for the millions of women, men and children who suffer in silence and to say that you are not alone. Help is available." ~ Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor (Photo by Christopher Mason)

Cell Phone Drives

Hosting a cell phone drive to collect used cell phones and smarthpones helps JDI, victims of sexual and domestic violence, and the environment.


It’s easy. We can provide you with promotional materials. All you have to do is spread the word and put a collection box in a spot that is easily accessible to your co-workers, neighbors, or classmates.


JDI works with both Shelter Alliance and Verizon Wireless HopeLine. JDI receives monetary compensation for the phones sent on our behalf to Shelter Alliance. Phones dropped off at a Verizon Wireless store are refurbished and then distributed to domestic violence programs to give to survivors in need. Phones that can’t be refurbished are sold for parts, and the money is put into their foundations to support domestic violence services and programs like JDI.

In all cases, the collected phones are part of a national effort to make sure that local domestic and sexual violence programs here and around the country always have access to phones for victims in need. Because of this and the fact that not all donated phones will be functional, we cannot guarantee that the phones you collect will be distributed here in Massachusetts.

Whichever option you choose, thank you for your interest in supporting victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking as well as Jane Doe Inc.

To find out how you can set up a collection drive at your school, company, local library, police station or other setting, please read the FAQ section or contact us at donations@janedoe.org or 617.248.0922.

Three important notes:

!. Jane Doe Inc. does not distribute emergency 9-1-1 cell phones. If you or someone you know is in danger and needs a 911 programmed cell phone, please contact your local domestic violence or sexual assault organization.

2. Please deactivate your phone and erase all personal information. For instructions for the type/model of your phone visit: http://www.recellular.com/recycling/data_eraser/default.asp.

3. We ask that phones not be sent to our office. The most cost effective and efficient way to donate phones is either to send directly to Shelter Alliance or drop off at any Verizon Wireless location.

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